Grading Policy

Institution's Academic Grading Policies

UNIB's Grading Policy is based on the Grade Point Average Standard (GPA) used by most of Universities in the United States and Puerto Rico:

The moment the student is enrolled in an educational program, he/she is enrolled in the subjects of the study program. The credits enrolled are the total for the program and the student must comply with the term of duration of the academic life. The student cannot enroll in other subjects.

Grades will be expressed in letters A, B, C, D, or F in a GPA scale. A course is approved with a minimum grade of B in the GPA scale.

At the end of the studies, the student receives a final grading on the program that is based on an average of the scores obtained in the subjects and in the Master Thesis. In some programs, the student must take a final classroom exam, which will be valued as PASS or NO PASS. To obtain the Diploma, the Final Grade of the Program must be equal to or greater than B (and in the programs that require it, the student must have obtained a PASS in the final classroom exam).

Every grade must be justified by the professor and the student can appeal in writing for a revision if he/she is not satisfied with the final grade obtained in the subject or some of the activities that constitute the evaluation. For it, the student has 10 business days after the grade was published. The following is a description of the Grade Revision Procedure:

  1. In first place, a message must be sent to the professor of the subject requesting the revision of the final grade obtained in the subject or in any of the evaluation activities that comprise it. In this same message, the student should explain the reasons of the claim and justify his/her position in this regard.

    The professor has 10 business days, counting from the moment from when he/she receives the request from the student, to perform the review according to the arguments put forward by the student and give and to make a decision.

  2. If the professor believes that the claim is not applicable, the student may request a new revision to the program director, who in turn must give an answer within a maximum period of 10 business days.
  3. If the program director also dismisses the claim, the student, in last instance, can submit it to the department director.
  4. The Department Director will answer the student in a maximum of 20 business days. The Dean of Student Affairs or a representative will participate in the analysis of the case. The decision arising will be final and firm, by agreement between the parties involved or simple majority.
  5. If there are modifications in this process about any changes made to the grade, the professor of the subject (with the approval of the program and area director) must inform the Registry Office to register the change in the student's file.

Students have the right to know the grade of an evaluation, as well as correction method before undergoing a reassessment of the same nature in a subject. Final grades for the subject should be delivered before the instructor reports them to the Dean of Academic and Strategic Management.

The student can request a change of "hold" or "withdrawal" status or the University can change the student to one of these status.

Any special activities included in a program of study will be announced in advance to the student.

Grading System

The student receives a detailed feedback on his/her performance in the evaluation tests carried out, and to grade these evaluations the university uses a system equivalent to the GPA method ("Grade Point Average"). According to the system in UNIB, the grades are expressed in letters A, B, C, D or F.

To obtain the GPA of the program: The points for each subject are multiplied by the number of credits or hours for that subject, added together, and divided by the total number of credits or hours. The minimal grade at the end of the program should be B (2.50 - 3.49 GPA).

The following shows the equivalence between the values of UNIB quantitative and qualitative grades. It also expresses the GPA method equivalence:

Quantitative Values Qualitative Values
0-10 Grade Point Average (GPA) % Grade
10-8,6 4.00 – 3.50 100-90 A
8.5-7.0 3.49 – 2.50 89-80 B
6.9-4.5 2.49 – 1.60 79-70 C
4.4-4.0 1.59 – 0.80 69-50 D
0 0.79 – 0.00 49-0 F

To ensure that the grades are awarded with the fairness and consistency, especially in the case of subjective assessment techniques, all programs have evaluation criteria that the professors must apply using rubrics.

These evaluation criteria (rubric) vary depending on the program and the academic task that is being assessed.

Standard Related to Academic Honesty

  • Must not incur in any copy, plagiarism or falsification of documents, information or data.
  • Must not submit false information, change of identity or falsification of own or someone's else identity.

If you would like more information, please consult our student manual: Student Manual UNIB